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George Osborne

Autumn Statement: It's time for Osborne to get down to business

Midland chiefs call on Chancellor to back infrastructure projects and extend incentives to small firms

Eric Pickles

Is it time to head back to Whitehall with the begging bowl?

Perhaps the biggest threat is the soaring cost of child protection – the priority service for the city

A long life ahead: But lifespans differ significantly in different parts of the region

Life expectancy rises - but children born in richer parts of the West Midlands live three years longer

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It matters where you live: new official figures people in wealthier areas of the West Midlands can expect to live up to three years longer

The historic referendum is currently on a knife-edge, with the Yes campaign to keep the Union together only narrowly ahead of the No voters

English MPs rebel over Cameron and Miliband's "vow" to keep funding system which benefits Scotland

Midland MPs have backed a Commons motion calling for an end to an unfair funding system which gives more money to Scotland than England - despite pledge by party leaders to keep it

Aisling Hubert, who has launched a private prosecution of Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan, supported by the Christian Legal Centre.

Edgbaston doctor accused of 'gender abortion' by Christian group

Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan, who worked at the Calthorpe Clinic, in Edgbaston, who was accused of agreeing to carry out abortions on the grounds of gender is facing court action from Christian campaigners.

Birmingham-based Vivien Holland, who is heading Grant Thornton's new local government advisory service in the Midlands

Grant Thornton launches new local government advisory team

The new Local Government Advisory (LGA) team is part of the firm’s wider public sector assurance practice

Mark Newbold HEFT Heart of England chief executive

Heart of England NHS trust chief steps down after watchdog unveils failings

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Mark Newbold said language used by Monitor about the trust as “undermining” and “uncomfortable” was among his reasons for leaving

Dr David Levy, NHS England; Liz May, Deloitte; Gus Miah, Deloitte, at Deloitte's healthcare themed dinner and discussion in Brindleyplace, Birmingham.

Deloitte hosts healthcare themed dinner at Brindleyplace offices

Deloitte held a healthcare themed dinner and discussion at its office in Brindleyplace, Birmingham.

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband vows: I'll create a Cabinet for the English regions

Labour's devolution plans revealed: Big city and regional leaders to join "English Cabinet" chaired by Ed Miliband, while legislation will devolve control of transport, housing and more to local level

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Coppelia

Arts prioritised as Birmingham City Council weighs up major cuts

The council leader said facilities like the Symphony Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and groups like the Birmingham Royal Ballet are crucial

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady

Birmingham TUC campaigners head to London in search of pay rise

Several coach loads of members from the leading trade unions will be taking part in the Trade Union Congress Britain Needs A Pay Rise march and rally

Solihull Hospital

Solihull Hospital parking charges 'lack generosity', prospective MP claims

Julian Knight, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Solihull, also reprimanded Solihull Hospital for failing to properly advertise its cut-price parking

Russells Hall Hospital

Striking paramedics save man from diabetic fit

The ambulance workers, protesting over pay along with thousands of other NHS workers, rushed to the victim’s aid during the four-hour walk out and took the casualty to Russells Hall Hospital

'Suicide app' could help those at risk of self harm

A mobile phone app is set to be launched in a bid to stop troubled people from committing suicide thanks to work by the universities of Aston and Warwick.

Actors in new production For The Past 30 Years, Lorna Laidlaw, Hema Mangoo and Janice Connolly.

Women & Theatre marks 30 years of working women in new play at Birmingham Rep

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Working for 30 years is quite an achievement in the current climate of internships, zero hours contracts and disappearing pensions 

CGI of the new Health Futures University Technical College in West Bromwich

BAM wins brief to build £9m university technical college in Sandwell

Construction group behind several projects across the region awarded latest contract to deliver specialist health college

West Midlands Police

Police abuse power under Mental Health Act, inspector claims

Officers are also forced to take people with mental health issues into custody – because the NHS refuses to take responsibility for them, a House of Commons inquiry was told

Stafford Hospital

Hospital campaigner Karen Howell challenging MP for Stafford seat

Karen Howell, a founder member of the Support Stafford Hospital Campaign, is among a dozen candidates unveiled by the National Health Action Party

James Cook, director in Grant Thornton's public sector team, who will lead its national work with Clinical Commissioning Groups

New national role for Grant Thornton director

  • NHS

Public sector team member James Cook to lead firm's work with Clinical Commissioning Groups

Overseas trading

Ministers insist West Midlands will benefit from a controversial US trade deal

Ministers have insisted the West Midlands will benefit from a controversial new trade deal with the United States.


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